Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chink's Steaks (Northeast Philadelphia) - Cheesesteak

Appears a 10" roll with thin slices of steak, melted american cheese and nicely caramelized onions on top. - 4

The roll is Liscio's. What sets this roll apart from most cheesesteaks places, that use Liscio's rolls, is that they slightly toast the roll on the grill for just a few seconds. This gives the roll a firm and slightly crispy outside. - 5

The meat is thin ribbons of ribeye. The steak is lightly seasoned and cooked perfectly. Juicy, tender and flavorful with just the right amount of grease. A great thing about this steak joint is that every steak is cooked to order. - 4.5

The cheese is melted on the grill with the meat. Melted nicely and sticking to the meat and roll, so you get some cheese with each bite. - 4.5

Overall, it doesn't get much better then this folks. This is up there with one of the best cheesesteaks I ever had. Open since 1949, Chink's Steaks has won numerous awards throughout the years. Be sure to try one of their extra thick milkshakes or old-fashioned fountain sodas with your steak. - 4.5

Total Score: 4.5/5

Chink's Steaks Website: http://www.chinksteaks.com/


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rossi's Pizzeria (Royersford) - Pizza

Appears a large, 16" pie with a thin crust and a thin layer of tomato sauce with scattered melted cheese on top. There is a few charred bubbles along the edge of the crust. A small amount of dried herbs are in the center of the pie. - 3

The crust is thin with a golden color. This crust is kinda flimsy but it's a decent enough crust. - 3

The sauce is ok. Nothing special here, crushed tomatoes that are lightly seasoned. Not very sweet and it was a tad pastey as well. - 2.5

The cheese appears to be shredded mozzarella. It has an ok flavor. - 2.5

Overall, this is an ok pie. I would have liked to see a little more sauce and cheese on the pie. The ingredients are fresh but nothing is sticking out here to make this a great pie. - 2.5

Total Score: 2.8/5

Rossi's Pizzeria Website: www.rossispizzeria.com/
                                                              
 
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Tired Hands - Believer's Club

From the Tired Hands website:

The Tired Hands Believer’s Club will operate as follows:




Beginning December 18th, 2011, you, the discerning local beer drinker, will be able to prepay for our beer at a rather serious discount. We will be selling exactly one hundred (100) Tired Hands Believer’s Club memberships at three tiers, which include the following perks:



Tier 1- $250.00

10% off all glasses of beer and growler fills, and access to our bottle releases (one every other month) before they go on sale to the public for the duration of your membership. Also included is one Tired Hands t-shirt, a pair of Tired Hands stemware glasses, and a Tired Hands Believer’s Club Card!

Tier 2- $500.00

15% off all glasses of beer and growler fills, and access to our bottle releases (one every other month) before they go on sale to the public for the duration of your membership. Also included is one Tired Hands t-shirt, a pair of Tired Hands stemware glasses, a Tired Hands Believer’s Club Card, and a private cellar tasting with Jean Broillet IV!

Tier 3- $1,000.00

20% off all glasses of beer and growler fills, and access to our bottle releases (one every other month) before they go on sale to the public for the duration of your membership. Also included is one Tired Hands T-Shirt, a pair of Tired Hands stemware glasses, a Tired Hands Believer’s Club Card, a private cellar tasting with Jean Broillet IV, and an invitation for TWO to a pre-opening party (that means an evening of Tired Hands created libations and food before anyone else)!

If you are interested in participating in the Tired Hands Believer’s Club, please feel free to email me your information at tiredhandsbrewing@gmail.com. We are currently only accepting payment through check or cash mailed in or dropped off to:

Tired Hands Brewing Company
16 Ardmore Avenue
Ardmore, Pa 19003

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny (Boyertown) - Hot Wings - BEST WINGS 2011

The texture is a very crispy wing with a nice coating of hot sauce sticking nicely to each wing. These wings definitely don't appear dry. - 4.5

The sauce is very nice. Smelling these wings make my eyes and mouth water. There is a nice amount of heat and after eating a few wings you get a nice sting. - 4.5

The flavor is excellent. Fresh, meaty and juicy with a nice crispy skin. Hot with a nice buttery taste. Great stuff! - 4.5

The edibility is fantastic. Lots of flavor with a lot of juicy tender meat on the bone. It's easy to see why these are award winning wings. I had no problem devouring this basket in no time. - 4.5

Overall, these are some of the best wings I ever had. Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny has a great selection of craft brews on tap and in bottles. Be sure to check out one of their beer events. - 4.5

Total Score: 4.5/5

During this visit, I had a Bell's Two Hearted Ale on tap:

look: 4.5
smell: 4.5
taste: 4.5
feel: 4.5
overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy golden/orange color with a white fluffy, soapy head. Very nice lacing sticking to the glass. Looks like a winner to me.

Smell is of very fresh citrusy, floral and slightly piney hops. I'm also picking up some sweet malts.

Taste is crisp, light and refreshing. Lots of citrus with a sweet malt backbone. This is very well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. The drinkability is outstanding. This is great IPA.


Union Jack's Inn of the Manatawny Website: http://unionjacksmanatawny.com/

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Philly Food and Beer's "Grand Cru" Homebrew Competition 1/5/12 - Event Sponsor Page

Any new sponsors for the First Annual Competition that come on board with donations will be added to this page.  Always looking for more sponsors.  :)
...

Much Thanks to ALL of our event sponsors for their outstanding generosity:

Appalachian Brewing Company




Austin Homebrew Supply





BeerSmith Home Brewing Software





Blue Dog Family Tavern/Pub






The BrewWorks






BYO Magazine




Devil's Den



Eulogy Belgian Tavern








The Farmers' Cabinet



Five Star Chemicals

 



Flying Dog Brewery




Old Eagle Tavern





Philadelphia Brewing Company

 




Pinnochio's Pizza and Beer Garden





Railroad Street Bar & Grill






River Horse Brewing Company





Standard Tap




Tired Hands Brewing






TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery



Whole Foods - Plymouth Meeting




Yards Brewing Company




And of course, our partnered drop-off locations:
Keystone Homebrew Supply





Weak Knee Home Brew Supply



Spring House Brewing Company Taproom



Lancaster County Homebrewers






Stoney Creek Homebrewers






Bruclear Homebrew Club
 





Farmer's Cabinet - Italian Beer & Food Experience on December 14th, 2011

This is the event of the year. 

The ITALIAN “Food and Beer” EXPERIENCE

8-Regional Courses

9-Italian Craft Beers (including a surprise 9th beer from Matthias!)

$90++ (ticketleap.com)
Tickets on sale now!

Host: Matthias Neidhart

{owner of B. United Int. importing company}




MEAL:
Piccolo Morso
Quince & Honey
“Del Borgo L’equibrista”

Prima
Fettucine, Brodo, Thyme, EVO
“Montegioco Quarta Runa”

Secondo:
“Ndocca” ndocca, Boiled Pork, Pink Peppercorn, Grapefruit, Honey
“Almond 22 Pink IPA”

Terzo
House Cotechino, Chestnut Polenta, Egg, Snout
“Grado Plato Strada San Felice” (DRAFT)

Quarto
Veal, Tuna Tonnato, Almond, Prosciutto
“Loverbeer Madamin” (DRAFT)

Quinto
Lamb Ragu, Potato Gnocchi, Shaved Apricot
“Malthus Baluba ZYMATORE – aged in Ransom spirit whiskey barrels that once held Pinot Noir” (DRAFT)

Intermezzo
Double Cream Gorgonzola (*pending)
“Troll Shangrila aged and poured from a wooden JW Lees “Sherry” cask”

Dolce
Verdi Zabaglione, Anise Semonlina Cake, Chestnut-Honey Caramel, Chili Flake
“Del Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout” (DRAFT)


*****{SPECIAL SURPRISE BEER FROM MATTHIAS AFTER DINNER}*****

———

We have been waiting a long time for this special event! It is always exciting when we have a rare appearance from Matthias. His company imports some of the finest beer, cider, mead and spirits from around the world. We work with Matthias intimately to offer to you {what we think} are some of the finest European beers available!

We are focusing on Italian beer for this event because it is some of the most unknown and under appreciated beer available in the states. The Italians have blended brewing techniques and ingredients of their own and fused them with the practices of other cultures to develop truly unique and very refined beers.

Like anything from Italy, food is just as important as the beverage. So, we will be pairing Italian food with an Italian beer from the same region. The meal is designed to take you on a culinary journey through Italy!


See more on the Event link.
Farmer's Cabinet - 215.923.1113
To hold your ticket w/ a $9.99 deposit

Friday, December 9, 2011

Railroad Street Bar & Grill (Limerick) - Tasty Food and Beer.

The Railroad Street Bar & Grill is located a few miles off the Limerick/Linfield exit on 422. It's a neighborhood bar that is nestled up against railroad tracks and offers some great craft beer and tasty bar food. Owner Mike McCloskey has a passion for craft beer and great food. He has recently added more taps to his bar, most of which are craft brews. Railroad Street Bar & Grill now has 38 taps and soon a handpump. The taps now offer a large variety of all styles of beers. Mike gets some rare and limited beers too. Two glass coolers offer around 200 bottles as well.

Pictured above is the buffalo chicken grilled cheese. The sandwich is served with a bag of Good's potato chips (my favorite) and a pickle. This grilled cheese has meat of buffalo chicken wings inside the sandwich. It's like eating a grilled cheese and hot wings at the same time. Yum. Railroad offers a great menu with tasty appetizers and lots of cold and hot sandwiches (a whole page of specialty grilled cheese!). Be sure to check out some of their daily specials as well, such as: $2 cheesesteaks and $1 tacos, to name a few.

The Railroad Street Bar & Grill is quickly becoming a favorite destination for craft beer lovers. So next time you're in the Limerick area, make sure you stop at Railroad for some great beers, food and friendly service. Check out their up to date draft list on Beermenus.com

This visit, I enjoyed a Ballast Point Sculpin on tap:

look: 4.5
smell: 5
taste: 5
feel: 4.5
overall: 4.8

Appears a very clear golden/orange color with a nice bright white head. Tight, tiny bubbles with a very nice lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell is of fresh tropical fruits. I get aromas of ripe mango, peach and orange. Bright, fresh fruity and citrus hops, with a light sweet malt background. Smells awesome.

Taste is wonderful. Big bright citrus notes. The tastes follows the nose on this one. A nice clean dry finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great. Super fresh bitter bright hops upfront with smooth dry finish. Nice carbonation. This is a world class IPA.

The Railroad Street Bar & Grill Website: http://railroadstreetbar.com/


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Philly Food and Beer's First Annual "Grand Cru" Homebrew Competition - January 5th, 2012

Philly Food and Beer will be conducting it's First Annual Homebrew Competition.
This competition is a freestyle competition, encouraging homebrewers to submit their "Best Offerings" of the year.  Beers will not be judged strictly "per style", so if you, or someone you know feels like you've developed a nice beer that doesn't fit any particular style, this is the perfect opportunity to show off what you've done!  Put simply - we're looking for those outstanding beers you've made.

Only one bottle is necessary for entry with an affordable cost of only $2 per bottle. Any size bottle 12 ounces, or more is fine.  It doesn't matter what type of bottle you use...really - if we get Sam Adams bottles, ball mason jars, swing tops, or PET bottles...it's all good.

This is a non-sanctioned event that will be conducted for fun purposes.  The top five placers of the contest will be decided by our(estimated)6-man panel. This will give brewers a chance to have the beers that never fully fit any particular style, or any of their other favorite beer they've brewed be recognized on phillyfoodandbeer.com.  We'll take a picture of it, give the brewer props on the site, and even send the top five winners award medals.  Winners will also be given the opportunity to select prizes in the order from top placers picking first.  The prizes and values are undetermined at this time and will depend on the response of donated prizes.


Beer may be dropped off at Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville by December 28th.

Beer may also be dropped off at Weak Knee Homebrew Supply in Pottstown by January 4th.

Beer will also be collected during Bruclear Homebrew Club's Meeting at Craft Ale House on January 3rd, 2012...I'll be the guy wearing the green Yards Brewing cap.  Entries may be accepted up till the day before the event.
You may email either Mike (mike@phillyfoodandbeer.com) , or Chris (chris@phillyfoodandbeer.com)
to arrange a possible meet up to get the beer entered.
Lastly, you may send the beer via UPS, or FedEx to the shipping address on the official Submittal Form.
 
We're looking forward to trying the wonderful array of fermented libations from the local homebrewing community.  Good Luck!

Event Sponsor Page

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

McNally's Tavern (Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia) - The Schmitter

McNally's Tavern is home of the Schmitter, a sort of hybrid cheesesteak. The Schmitter is made up of slices of steak, cooked salami, fried onions, cheese, tomatoes and Schmitter sauce (similar to russian dressing) on a kaiser bun. This is truly a great sandwich. One of the best in Philadelphia.

If you have ever been to Citizens Bank Park, chances are you have seen or heard about this sandwich. For those of you that have had the sandwich at the ballpark, do yourself a favor and get the original at McNally's Tavern on Germantown Ave.

P.S. Most people think the Schmitter was named after Phillies legend Mike Schmidt, but it's actually named for a regular that drank Schmidt's beer and ordered his cheesesteak that way. Go figure.

McNally's Tavern Website: http://mcnallystavern.com/

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Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival - December 3, 2011

Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival

------ ROLL CALL OF BREWERIES ANNOUNCED -----

location: Allentown Brew Works
start date: 12/03/2011 1pm-4pm Session A,  5pm-8pm Session B


Allentown Brew Works Craft Beer Festival 2011

Sponsored by The Morning Call and WZZO 95.1

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

VIP Bonus Hour: 12 noon – 1:00pm (Limited entry of 200, SOLD OUT)
Session A: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Session B: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Online ticketing ONLY. Registration for entry will take place ½ hour before the start time of your session.

Great Beer provided by over 30 of our Favorite Brewers!

2011 Roll-Call of Breweries

21st Amendment

Allentown Brew Works

Appalachian

Avery

Baha

Beach Haus

Bethlehem Brew Works

Climax

Dusquesne

Elysian

Flying Fish

Hammersmith

Harvest Moon

HiJinx

Keystone Homebrew

Lancaster

Lehigh Valley Homebrewers (Multiple Brewers)

Lion

Penn Brewery

Shock Top

Stone

Straub

Stoudt’s

Roy Pitz

Uinta

Victory

Weyerbacher

Wild Blue

Yards


Tickets

NO PAPER TICKETS – Your name will be on the “Will Call” list.
Registration is ½ hour prior to Session start time.
DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKETS are also available at $10. They will be banded separately and not served any alcohol at the event.
Order online tickets here for advance sale pricing! The sooner you order the better the deal.
A set number of tickets have been set up at different price levels that are available until they sell out, or until the date listed.
Tickets are currently available at these levels:

$30 for Session A + the VIP Hour (Limited qty)
$20 for Session A (Available until 10/22)
$35 for Session A + the VIP Hour (Limited qty)
$25 for Session A
$30 for Session B
Tickets will be $35 day of the event.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pepper Mill (West Chester) - Cheesesteak

Appears a 10" roll cut in half and placed in a basket. A good looking roll with melted cheese and chopped fried onions mixed throughout the finely chopped steak. I would have liked to see a little more meat though, especially around the edges of the roll. - 4

The roll looks and feels to me like a Conshohocken Bakery roll. Most places in the burbs use Conshy rolls. - 4

The meat is finely chopped and very flavorful. It is well seasoned also. I prefer steak that is a little less chopped, but the meat is so tender and packed with great flavor, I can't complain. - 4

The cheese is american and melted throughout the steak, just how I like it. There is just the right amount of cheese to complement the delicious steak. - 4

Overall, this is one of the best cheesesteaks in Chester County. It's easy to see why the Pepper Mill won a number of awards from newspapers and magazines. If you are in the West Chester area, the Pepper Mill is a must stop. - 4.5

Total Score: 4.1/5

Pepper Mill's Website: http://peppermillwc.com/

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Friday, November 18, 2011

New Member of the Philly Food and Beer team!

Please welcome local beer and food enthusiast, Chris Burns, to Philly Food and Beer.
Chris is as passionate about the local food and beer scene as I am and I'm confident that he will continue to bring great things to the site.
Chris will be out and about as the new representative of Philly Food and Beer.  In this role, Chris will be holding the reigns of new beer reviews, pictures, and rating various food establishments on the site.  I'll be chipping in once in a while and helping Chris to transition into the role of  the "go-to guy".

Any inquires regarding advertising packages on the site,  food and beer promotions, marketing events, samples, or new food, and beer reviews may be directed to Chris:
chris@phillyfoodandbeer.com

Cheers!
Mike 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What have I done for you lately?

I guess a whole lot of nothing!  It hasn't been for lack of trying.  In fact, I've got pictures and notes on several places and beverages but simply haven't had the time between work, and other projects consuming most of my time.

With all that being said -- I'm looking for an extra set of hands, or two to help out on the site.  Ideally, I'm looking for an intern, or a part-timer looking to gain experience and have research & story expenses paid for, along with profit sharing, and fringe benefits associated with the site.  If you know anyone interested, please pass them my way!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Product Review - Brugal Anejo Rum

One of the benefits of garnering your own website that reviews regional foods and beverages is that you're constantly in touch with several folks in the Marketing and Promotions field.  More often than not, I turn down offers because I can't find a way to tie it into the theme of Philly Food and Beer.  This happens to be a time when I'm able to check out a product available in the Philadelphia market that I was interested in trying out...along with sharing the info to the valued readers of this site.  I'm pleased to have the opportunity to deliver information about this drink.

The rum is made by Brugal, which is located in the Dominican Republic.  Admittedly, I knew little to nothing about this brand of rum.  There are a few different styles of Brugal rum you can purchase, including a Blanco, and a Reserva.  This particular version is the lone style you can purchase in Pennsylvania, the Ron Anejo.

What I've concocted here is a small glass of 7-UP with ice, along with a few ounces of the dark rum and a splash of lime juice.  This drink is a variation of a Rum Cooler, called a Santo Libre.  The only difference is the splash of lime.  You can serve it with a lime wedge but I was out of those and I usually take the fruit out of my drinks anyway.

This beverage with the Brugal Anejo as the catalyst is refreshingly smooth with a citrusy, palate cleansing smack from the soda followed by a mellow, smooth bit of brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, and caramel.  This is very nice to enjoy on a warm day, or as a refresher from a hard day's work.

So, how is is straight, or neat?

The nose is enticing with tons of brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel notes in the bouquet.  The flavor is uniquely of butterscotch, and a wonderfully, caramelized, brown coated rum cake.  Digging deeper with a few drops of added water reveals a hidden layer of floral expressions.  80 proof, so there is a mild burn but it's tame for the most part.  The flavors develop into a honey and molasses flavor in the finish, especially when compared and tasted side-by-side with a competing Jamaican rum, which lacked the depth of oak and tasted more like a piece of rock candi compared to this product.  The Brugal seems to coat the palate and the finish was 100 times more tolerable than it's Caribbean counterpart.  Seek this one out if your in Pennsylvania.  It's a nice addition to add to your bar!

Brugal Rum's website.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Asian City Restaurant (Pleasantville, NJ) - Dim Sum

Stumbled upon this great spot in Pleasantville, just a short ride from Atlantic City.  Outside of the few restaurants serving dim sum in Philadelphia's Chinatown, this is the only place that I'm aware of in South Jersey serving authentic, Hong Kong style dim sum in the carts.  To the left are steamed beef rib tips, steamed fish dumplings, and rice noodle rolls with shrimp.
Starting in the front, going counter clockwise: Vegetable dumplings, Steamed BBQ pork buns, Steamed shrimp dumplings, pork Shao-Mai.
Lastly, is a cup of Oolong tea, and baked BBQ pork buns that have a bready flavor similar to a sweet challah bread drizzled in honey with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and a sweet barbecued pork filling
We did get to try the steamed Egg Cream buns(not pictured), which are rice flour buns that have a sweet egg custard filling similar to Bavarian cream.  These "donuts" are topped with an almond glaze and are a perfect dessert to finish the feast with.

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